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6 seek seats in Flowery Branch special election

After two vacated their positions on the Flowery Branch City Council earlier this year, six residents have thrown their hats in the ring for the Posts 1 and 5 positions.

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Flowery Branch City Council candidates

Flowery Branch City Council candidates

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DNR: Person dies on Chattahoochee River in Forsyth

The holiday weekend was marred by tragedy Saturday, as the Georgia Department of Natural Resources reported that one person was killed in a boating incident.

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Search narrows for Lanier Tech relocation site

The search for land to relocate Lanier Technical College has been narrowed to just a handful of Hall County properties, and a decision is likely to be made within the next few weeks.

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Hall schools’ tentative budget lowers taxes, invests in employees

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Pull up a boat at these lakeside restaurants

Pull up a boat at these lakeside restaurants

For those who want a lakeside meal beyond the cooler full of sandwiches and drinks, a number of restaurants are here to serve you with courtesy boat slips and dockside delivery.

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Watercraft advances bring new thrills, safety challenges

Watercraft advances bring new thrills, safety challenges

There’s a certain mystique to the way Alexander Maravegias rises from the lake’s surface. It looks unreal. Seeing twin streams of water exploding beneath his feet — his body seemingly still as a statue as he soars through the air — is a sight to behold.

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Company puts mattresses to sleep — for good

Company puts mattresses to sleep — for good

Michael Hudson is a dealer in “mattress scrap.”

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College crews descend on Gainesville for rowing regatta

College crews descend on Gainesville for rowing regatta

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Making a push for water safety

Making a push for water safety

Before Memorial Day, Col. Eddie Henderson of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources counted 10 boating-related fatalities, almost matching last year’s grand total of 12.

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Work could begin in fall on Boling Bridge replacement

Work could begin in fall on Boling Bridge replacement

Work could begin this fall to replace Boling Bridge on Dawsonville Highway, a green-beamed structure that connects Hall and Forsyth counties over the Chestatee River.

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Visitor counting differs by park at Lake Lanier

Visitor counting differs by park at Lake Lanier

Parks on Lake Lanier are a popular destination even when it’s not Memorial Day weekend.

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Memorial Day parade will close downtown roads

Multiple roads in the middle of Gainesville will be blocked off for about three hours for Monday’s 13th annual Memorial Day Parade.

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Travelers will fill roads Memorial Day weekend

More than a million people are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend in Georgia.

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2 Flowery Branch graduating seniors build instructional guitar piece

2 Flowery Branch graduating seniors build instructional guitar piece

It’s not easy to be a self-taught guitar player.

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Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy charged with computer invasion of privacy

A Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy was charged with computer invasion of privacy and violation of oath related to “unauthorized procurement of personal data for his own personal gain,” according to the sheriff’s office.

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Family escapes fire but home severely damaged

A man, his wife and their small son escaped an overnight fire in South Hall County, but their home sustained major damage, according to Hall County Fire Services.

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Hall County Fire christens new boat

Hall County Fire christens new boat

It didn’t take too long for the Hall County’s Marine Rescue 1 to speed off into action Wednesday.

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Man pleads guilty to Lumpkin church thefts

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YMCA-school partnership provides swim lessons for Hall County youth

YMCA-school partnership provides swim lessons for Hall County youth

In Hall County and all along Lake Lanier, it’s important to know how to swim.

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Medical cannabis commission, patient registry taking shape

Medical cannabis commission, patient registry taking shape

The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis is taking shape with Gov. Nathan Deal’s appointment this week of Gainesville resident and pharmacist Sara Mandy Wilson Reece, and the state’s patient registry will soon come online.

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Parking, traffic plans made for Gainesville High graduation

Gainesville High School will hold graduation commencement exercises for the class of 2015 Friday at 7 p.m. at City Park Stadium.

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ADA Tour comes to Brenau Downtown Center on Friday

The Americans with Disabilities Act Legacy Tour will make its second visit to Gainesville from noon to 3 p.m. Friday with exhibits on display at Brenau University’s Downtown Center at 301 Main St. SW.

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Missing North Forsyth boy, 13, found safe




FBI nabs gang murders suspect in South Hall

A suspected MS-13 gang member was arrested Tuesday in Flowery Branch in connection with the 2011 execution-style deaths of two brothers in New York.

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Historic building renovations progressing at Gym of '36

Historic building renovations progressing at Gym of '36

No matter how much his business grows, regardless of how rapidly his mortgage banking company expands, Wes Hunt’s past and present will always be inextricably linked.

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Georgia science, social studies standards up for revision

To be literate in science and social studies, students need the most accurate, updated education possible.

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Hall County welcomes businesses to discuss bid process

It’s been a struggle for Hall County to drum up competition for its goods, services and capital improvement needs over the last year, and the result could be costly for taxpayers.

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North Georgia Community Foundation Hosts Philanthropy at its Best on June 2

North Georgia Community Foundation is hosting Philanthropy at its Best, an opportunity to learn how the foundation can be a charitable giving resource for professional advisors and their clients.

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Local business owner announces candidacy for Gainesville City Council

Local business owner announces candidacy for Gainesville City Council

Gainesville resident Zack Thompson announced Wednesday that he will run against incumbent Bob Hamrick for the Ward 2 seat on the Gainesville City Council this fall.

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Badge & Bar: Accused in taxi cab slaying file for judge recusal, separate trials

Five people indicted in the death of a Taxi El Palmar driver filed motions recently related to a new judge presiding over the case and to have separate trials.

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Teen driver sentenced in crash that killed North Forsyth student

The teenage driver in a single-vehicle wreck that killed a rising North Forsyth High School senior last June faces five years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide.

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Gainesville’s Serra earns certification from UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Alicia Serra earned local finance officer certification in the first quarter of 2015 through the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government’s financial management training program.

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Department of Labor hosting Wrigley recruiting event

The Georgia Department of Labor will host a recruiting event next week to help Wrigley Manufacturing Company hire a number of workers for its plant in Flowery Branch.

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Online records, interpreters at center of courthouse budget requests

Online records, interpreters at center of courthouse budget requests

In the basement of the Hall County Courthouse, clerks go through anywhere between 8,500 and 9,000 files on cases in a month.

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Chicopee golf director let go amid financial woes

Chicopee golf director let go amid financial woes

Deteriorating conditions and dwindling revenues have prompted officials at the Chicopee Woods Golf Course to lay off the director of golf, take ownership of the pro shop and consider a shakeup of members on an oversight committee in an effort to get the ball back on the green.  

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Flowery Branch moves forward on plans for new city hall

With Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller calling it the “second most important date” the city has had after becoming home base for the Atlanta Falcons, council members approved the very first steps of developing a new city hall location.

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Gainesville Council formally adopts 2016 budget

Gainesville City Council formally adopted a $30.7 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year Tuesday night.

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Kids create Northeast Georgia History Center activities for their peers

Kids create Northeast Georgia History Center activities for their peers

Young visitors to the Northeast Georgia History Center will now have activities made just for them, including scavenger hunts, scrapbooks, picture guides and more.

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Eyes on the Road: Work planned soon along I-85 Express Lane

The Georgia Department of Transportation and the State Road and Tollway Authority are planning safety improvements on the Interstate 85 Express Lane in the coming weeks.

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Gainesville city manager announces resignation

Gainesville city manager announces resignation

Gainesville City Council members said they have big shoes to fill after City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation Tuesday night.

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Gainesville school board recognizes retirees

Eighteen of Gainesville City Schools’ employees were recognized Tuesday as their service to the school system comes to an end.

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Integration-era Gainesville High School principal dies at age 81

Integration-era Gainesville High School principal dies at age 81

Gainesville High School’s principal during integration and a beloved figure who was involved in community service long past retirement has died.

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The Local Agenda: Gainesville to approve budget, tax rates Tuesday

Gainesville City Council will formally approve its 2016 fiscal year budget when it meets Tuesday night, and also set property tax rates for the coming year.

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Oakwood city manager at top of field

Oakwood city manager at top of field

Colleagues, friends and family members of Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown gathered on May 11 to recognize him for being named as one of 2015’s top 10 public works leaders by the American Public Works Association.

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Lula council denies rezoning request for baseball center

Lula City Council unanimously voted down a proposed rezoning Monday night that would have allowed for a baseball training center in an otherwise agriculturally zoned area.

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Driver in fiery Capitol crash identified

The driver who eluded Georgia Capitol Police in Atlanta on May 1 after allegedly stealing a pickup truck in Gainesville has been identified.

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Judge accepts settlement in sheriff’s office release lawsuit

Judge accepts settlement in sheriff’s office release lawsuit

Superior Court Judge Kathlene Gosselin on Monday accepted the agreement reached by Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch and a Forsyth man seeking release from the Hall County Jail.

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Hall County school board approves redistricting plan

Nearly 200 children in Hall County Schools will be redistricted away from Spout Springs Elementary School beginning this fall.

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County library director retiring, search committee seeking replacement

County library director retiring, search committee seeking replacement

Hall County Library System Director Adrian Mixson is retiring at the end of May, and a search committee is currently accepting applications to fill his role and hopes to make a recommendation to the library Board of Trustees by mid-June.

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Library system seeks additional $200K from county as state continues to slash budget

Library system seeks additional $200K from county as state continues to slash budget

In some ways, the Hall County Library System is a microcosm of how budget cuts impacted public services during the economic recession.

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Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigating S. Hall child's death

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a child fatality in South Hall.

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Marine with Dawsonville ties killed delivering military aid

Marine with Dawsonville ties killed delivering military aid

A candlelight vigil and prayer service was held Sunday at Juno Baptist Church in memory of U.S. Marine Sgt. Mark Johnson, one of eight soldiers killed when their helicopter crashed on a relief mission in Nepal.

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Northeast Hall home destroyed in fire

A home in northeast Hall County was destroyed by fire overnight.

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Class Notes: Scholarship fund could get boost from anonymous donor

With the help of the community, the Myrtle Figueras Scholarship Fund, benefiting graduating seniors from Gainesville High School, may get a major boost this year.

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Lula proposing 2015-16 budget with no property taxes

Lula is preparing for another budget year without a property tax.

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Working-class families benefit from face-lift on Gainesville apartments

Working-class families benefit from face-lift on Gainesville apartments

Three apartment complexes off Park Hill Drive in Gainesville that primarily house working-class minorities and immigrants are getting a major face-lift and new security thanks to a more than $2 million investment from Greenleaf Management.

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Officials warn parents about dangers of hot cars

With temperatures on the rise, child safety advocates are hoping to give tips to parents about the precious cargo in their backseats.

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Clermont educator, dairy owner appointed to childhood obesity council

Clermont’s Jennifer Glover is already a busy woman, between owning and operating Glo Crest Dairy and Mountain Fresh Creamery with her husband, Scott, and working as assistant principal of White County Intermediate School.

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Man charged in stabbing death of roommate

A 57-year-old man has been charged with murder in the early Sunday stabbing death of a 48-year-old man in North Forsyth County.

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Derby draws dreamers to Clark’s Bridge Park

Derby draws dreamers to Clark’s Bridge Park

When it comes to the annual Rubber Duck Derby, that wind coming off the lake can work for you or against you.

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Income mobility for poor children ranks average in Hall

Income mobility for poor children ranks average in Hall

When it comes to the ability of a child raised in a poor family to move up the income ladder as he or she enters the working world, Hall County is a better place to live than 42 percent of all U.S. counties.

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Central American refugees find hope in Hall County

Central American refugees find hope in Hall County

Fabricio Funes left Honduras carrying nothing but a toothbrush, some money and medicine in a backpack.

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Summer’s (almost) here, and safety push heats up

It already feels like summer with temperatures in the 80s, just a week before Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of the season.

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Crowds gather for the annual Railroad Days Parade and Festival in Lula

Crowds gather for the annual Railroad Days Parade and Festival in Lula

Onlookers lined both sides of Main Street in Lula Saturday morning, as the 39th Annual Railroad Days Parade and Festival began the day’s events that celebrate the rich railroad history of Lula.

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‘Heart in the fight against cancer’

‘Heart in the fight against cancer’

If Jeff Farmer had a dollar for every time he’s circled that old college track in Oakwood.

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Myers Elementary School celebrates annual Patriotic Day

Myers Elementary School celebrates annual Patriotic Day

Not many schools celebrate Memorial Day, because school is usually out for the summer by the last Monday in May.

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America’s newest citizens swear allegiance in Gainesville

America’s newest citizens swear allegiance in Gainesville

America’s legacy as an immigrant nation waved proudly from the federal courthouse in downtown Gainesville on Friday morning as 54 individuals from more than 30 countries became naturalized U.S. citizens, swearing their allegiance to Old Glory.

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Police investigate slaying in Buford home

Gwinnett County police are investigating the slaying of a man was found shot to death at a home in Buford.

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Man convicted in fatal boat wreck released from jail after settling with Sheriff’s Office

Man convicted in fatal boat wreck released from jail after settling with Sheriff’s Office

The Forsyth County man involved in a 2012 boating accident that killed two Buford boys has been released after settling a lawsuit with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, the man’s attorney confirmed Friday afternoon.

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Jackson inmate took truck keys from shop, warden says

Inmate Michael Lillibridge got the keys to a Jackson County government-owned truck and drove away from a work detail, according to Jackson County Correctional Institute Warden Johnny Weaver.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County remembers Kelly Nash

Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County remembers Kelly Nash

Alan Nash caught a glimpse of the plaque for his late son’s memorial, a sign to stand before Kelly Nash’s bench at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.

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Final members of SPLOST citizens committee nominated

Gainesville City Council is poised to approve three nominations to the first-ever citizens committee overseeing how special purpose local option sales tax revenue is spent.

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Hall Chamber celebrates businesses, volunteers, leaders at annual gala

Hall Chamber celebrates businesses, volunteers, leaders at annual gala

What sets Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce apart from the rest?

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Police: Drugs man gave friend weren’t oxycodone but something much stronger

Police: Drugs man gave friend weren’t oxycodone but something much stronger

Pills sold between two friends, according to a Gainesville Police investigator, led to one 23-year-old’s death.

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